Most of the muscles that extend your wrist are attached to a bony bump on the outside of your elbow called the lateral epicondyle. Sometimes, through injury or overuse, the site where these muscles insert can become irritated or inflamed This condition is called lateral epicondylitis or “tennis elbow.” Activities involving repetitive wrist extension are a common cause of this condition, i.e., tennis, carpentry, knitting or lifting objects with your palm facing down.
The pain from Tennis Elbow often begins as an intermittent or gradual discomfort during activity and progresses so that even simple activites, like holding a coffe cup become painful. Pain may increase when you straighten your arm, grip a doorknob or shake hands. The pain commonly radiates into the forearm, sometimes to the wrist.
Getting you back to normal as soon as possible is our number one goal. To do that, we will likely recommend one or more of the following:
- Joint manipulation to gently restore motion to any restricted joints.
- Therapy modalities to ease your muscle tightness, pain and swelling.
- Myofascial release to release muscle tightness and soft-tissue adhesions.
- Therapeutic stretching to restore your flexibility.